Art @ Renovation - Special Art Exhibit

Renovation is delighted to be presenting two Special Art Exhibits as part of Art @ Renovation, with over 50 classic science fiction art works between them including many greats of the field. You can find the Special Art Exhibit in the Art Show towards the back of Hall 2.

The Bird's-Eye View

Ken Moore’s vision of Science Fiction - Past, Present and Future – as expressed through its Artists

A Collection Retrospective

Ken Moore: Photo by Andrew I. Porter;
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Renovation is delighted to host a very special exhibition of classic Science Fiction art. This show will feature the extraordinary collection of the late Kenneth A. Moore, longtime fan, convention-runner, and passionate SF art lover.

For over four decades, "Khen" was a well-loved and instantly recognizable fixture in Southern con suites and room parties. He was often called "The Bird" or "The Khandor" (from the Nashville, Tennessee convention, Kubla Khan, that he chaired for a quarter-century), since he was 6'4", skinny as a rail, beak-nosed and knobby-kneed, with glasses that made him look like a wild-eyed, crazily intelligent stork. He was renowned for Swill Parties, where he prepared his signature frozen drink in a (clean, new) plastic trashcan, and the infamous "Roar of the Blenders" called many an unsuspecting fan to ruin, or at least to regrets the next morning.

In the world of convention Art Shows, he was equally well known for his unbounded love of the art of Science Fiction, and for his unbridled enthusiasm for the works of luminaries such as Chesley Bonestell, Richard Powers, Ed Emshwiller, Paul Lehr, John Schoenherr, Vincent Di Fate, Ed Valigursky, Ron Miller and many more. His passion for art led him to amass a collection of astonishing size and range, with pieces dating from the 1940s through his death in 2009. He was as likely to buy a beginning artist’s work as an established professional's, nurturing talent and vision wherever he found it, but his eye for beauty in the fields of Science Fiction, Astronomical, and Fantasy art was unfailingly superb. Having Ken bid on your work was a true accolade, and being told to "Go home and paint!" wasn't an expression of distaste for your company, but the highest of praise.

Throughout his life, Ken collected art that evoked the "Sense of Wonder" that drew him to Science Fiction and fandom in the first place, and we hope to share that with you. Most of the pieces on show have not been seen in the decades since Ken acquired them – some have never been displayed.

This is an unprecedented chance to see the almost legendary "Art Hoard of Kubla Khen", and to celebrate the life of one of Fandom's greats, a true original, who will be long-remembered by all who knew him. We hope to see you there!

Ed Valigursky
A Man Called Destiny
by Lan Wright

Ed Emshwiller
An Expedition to Eden
Galaxy, April 1954

John Schoenherr
The Falling Torch
by Algis Budrys

Heinlein Society Exhibit

The Heinlein Society is pleased to offer Renovation attendees the opportunity to view three paintings once owned by Robert and Virginia (“Ginny”) Heinlein and displayed in their home. The paintings were donated to The Heinlein Society after Ginny’s death, and in the process of appraising them the Society uncovered an interesting history:

  • The portrait of Nichelle Nichols as Star Trek's Lt. Uhura was part of a set of seven "Officers of the Bridge" painted by Kelly Freas which was displayed in the Smithsonian Institute as part of a Star Trek exhibit. Readers of The Expanded Universe of Robert Heinlein know that he thought well enough of Nichelle Nichols to write a scenario in which she became President of the United States.

  • "The Green Hills of Earth" painted by Fred Ludekens accompanied the publication of that famous "Future History" story in The Saturday Evening Post in 1947.

  • The moonscape painted by Chesley Bonestell was part of a group of eleven which were published in the March 4, 1946 edition of Life Magazine as part of an article titled "A Trip to the Moon by Rocket."